Mitta Mitta – New Year 2015-2016

This interesting outing was made up of a group of walks around Mitta Mitta township, and these were completed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The walks were, the Mitta Mitta River Walk, Deep Gully and the Upper Pioneer Trail Walks on the 31st, and the Pioneer Mine and Mount Welcome Walks on New Year’s Day.

The information for these walks can be found in the Mitta Mitta walks brochure, available at the General Store, and at mitta.com.au.

The township of Mitta Mitta was founded in the gold rush days of the late 1800s, and is situated at the confluence of the river of the same name, and the scenic Snowy Creek. Both of these streams rise on the Bogong High Plains, and until Dartmouth Dam was constructed in the early 1980’s, this was the only unregulated major tributary of the Murray River. xxxx

Starting out from the Mitta Mitta Historic Park for the New Year’s Eve Walk, we had flat, undulating, terrain along the riverside, then undulating terrain alongside Deep Gully, which leads uphill, away from the River.

Some of the group of ten returned to the township via Deep Gully, whilst some continued east, taking the Upper Pioneer Trail, with its great views over the Mitta Mitta Valley.

It was then down to the serious business of welcoming in the New Year down at the Laurel Hotel.

Here we enjoyed the company of several hundred other visitors, and the band of club member Michael Braendler – “Liam Blunt’s Funky Rhythm Train” playing to a good crowd, dancing til the music finished in the wee hours of 1st January, 2016

For the club’s first walk of the New Year, there were two walking groups, those who tackled the local loop, known as the Pioneer Mine Walk, and the more energetic who head up to Mount Welcome (600m).

The Pioneer Mine Walk covers about a kilometre, and leads through a former mining site, with some interesting artefacts at hand, as well as some interesting micro-climate driven vegetation changes.

The Mount Welcome walk began with covering some of yesterday’s walk, and then swinging off to the sign-posted turn-off. From here, a fairly constant climb took us to Mount Disappointment, and then onwards and upwards for lunch at the top of Mount Welcome. laurel_hotel

From here, we followed Disappointment Track back down to the Omeo Highway; this provided great views, albeit with a steep descent.

Once at the Highway, we had an easy four kilometre to cover, back to the township, having made a 600m ascent/descent.

Although short, this was a hard walk, with many stops for a rest, and to have a drink. The walk is better suited to a cooler day, probably in the autumn as the historic Snowy Creek Valley is a blaze of colour at this time.

[Jeanette Farquhar]

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